Why Goals are Important

Do you have goals? Is your life all planned out in steps to reach your goals? Are you consistently working through those steps, realigning with what you really want, and setting new steps? If not, you need to read this!

I’ve never been a goal setter. I like to go with the flow and see where life takes me. I’ve tried setting goals, but inevitably something throws me off track and I don’t achieve the goals I set. Does that sound like you?

Here’s what I’ve learned: Goals are an essential part of living a fulfilling and prosperous life. If you have no goals, you have nothing to push you to do better and be better. You’re just being tossed around, bouncing around from this to that with no real direction. What are you doing? You have no clue! This can be the biggest contributor to feeling like you’re a failure. If there’s one thing you change in your life, make it goal setting. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re new to goal setting or need some help fine tuning your goals, follow these tips. In nursing school I learned the S.M.A.R.T. goal method. There are other methods, but they all have the same basic principles. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based. You need to know exactly what you’re trying to achieve, be specific. Then you need a way to know if your steps are helping you reach your goal, make it measurable. Your goal has to be something that pushes you and is also attainable. It should be something you can realistically work towards and commit to. Finally you have to set a timeframe in which you will achieve the goal.

Write your goal down in this format (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timed). Try it out. Journal about your experience and achievements. If something isn’t working quite the way you want it to, review your goal and make changes as needed. Stick with it and you’ll be making strides towards your goals in no time!

Rise up and bloom.

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